THE HUNTER by Gavin Davies. I was by the river, When a flash came, A kingfisher, Coloured as the golden, boiled sun, A fish in its mouth, It went home, So did I.
Poem by Gavin Davies, aged nine, who will receive Stopping For Death: Poems of Death and Loss, edited by Carol Ann Duffy (Viking).
Submitted by Lynne Lewis, of Croesty Primary School, Bridgend, who will receive the Poetry Society's teachers' newsletter.
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Sometimes it is a single phrase, line or image that stops the reader in their tracks and makes them want to read and re-read a poem. In this poem, by Gavin Davies, it is the notion of a kingfisher "coloured as the golden, boiled sun" which has just that power for me.